UNDP in Yemen

Country Office Team

Zina Ali Ahmed

UNDP Yemen Resident Representative

Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad (Lebanon) has been appointed as UNDP Resident Representative for Yemen.

Prior to this appointment, Zena was UNDP Resident Representative for Iraq (2019-2022) and the Regional Director for the Regional Office for Arab States in UN-Habitat at Egypt since 2017. She also served as UNDP Deputy Regional Hub Manager for Arab States (2016-2017), UNDP Country Director in Jordan (2012-2017), UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Syria (2008-2012), UNDP Policy Advisor in Arab States (2005-2007), and UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Lebanon (1996-2004).

Zena holds a Post Graduate/ Master’s degree in the Management of Social Change from the University of London in the UK. She also holds a Master’s degree in Rural Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the American University of Beirut.

She speaks English, French and Arabic.

UNDP Yemen Senior Management

Nadia Alawamleh: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Programme)
Mulugeta Abebe: UNDP Deputy Resident Representative (Operations)


  • Aden and Mukallah
    Kennedy Chibvongodze: Head of Sub-Office
  • Amman Liaison Office
    Leanne Rios: Head of Office
  • Hodeidah
    Heema Devi Khadka: Head of Sub-Office

Communications Team
Miriam Pineau: Team Leader, Communications and Advocacy

Management Support Unit
Vacant: Team Leader

Economic Resilience and Recovery Team
Michele DiBenedetto: Team Leader

Governance and Rule of Law Team
Lucy Mathieson: Team Leader

Peace Support Operations Team
Vacant: Team Leader


Procurement and Travel Team

Ei Cho Nyunt: Team Leader

Service Center Team
Rashid Mogga: Team Leader

Resource Management Team
Tareq Gholasi: Operations Analyst

Security Team
Abraham De Beer: Senior Field Security Specialist

UN Volunteers Team
Abdullah Al Duraibi: UNV Programme Analyst